Tremendous League Grand Closing: Catalans Dragons v St Helens – Sam Tomkins named in Dracs’ 21

Sam Tomkins was named Steve Prescott Man of Metal on Monday
Venue: Outdated Trafford Date: Saturday, 9 October Kick-off: 18:00 BST
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Sam Tomkins has been named within the Catalans Dragons’ 21-man squad for Saturday’s Grand Closing towards St Helens regardless of nursing a knee harm.

The 2021 Man of Metal missed the semi-final win over Hull KR with the difficulty, regardless of being named within the group, however is anticipated to return for the ultimate.

St Helens have additionally named an unchanged 21-strong squad, as they search a 3rd straight Grand Closing win.

Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama are in line to play their last Saints video games.

Coote is off to Hull KR for 2022 whereas Naiqama is returning to Australia to be nearer to fami

Historical past could possibly be made and quite a lot of Tremendous League landmarks written in folklore if Catalans can prise the title away from St Helens.

Not solely wouldn’t it be their first title, simply 15 years after becoming a member of the competitors, however it might even be a brand new identify on the trophy – a primary abroad winner and a fifth membership in all, becoming a member of Saints, Leeds, Wigan and Bradford.

Head coach Steve McNamara has already introduced the Problem Cup and League Leaders’ Protect to the Stade Gilbert Brutus since taking on in 2017, however the title can be the head.

Ben Garcia is in his first season as Dragons skipper since taking on from the departed membership legend Remi Casty, and will be a part of an elite membership of gamers to have lifted silverware at Outdated Trafford in home rugby league’s showpiece occasion.

In the meantime, Saints would equal a uncommon feat if they’re to attain success at Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Goals’ on Saturday night, by matching Leeds’ consecutive title wins of 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Their followers will bear in mind these video games lower than fondly, given every of these Rhinos triumphs had been at St Helens’ expense.

However beneath Justin Holbrook after which Kristian Woolf, Saints have gained the previous two Grand Finals – beating Salford in 2019 earlier than a last-gasp win over Wigan final season.

Veteran skipper James Roby might function in his tenth Grand Closing, one behind record-holder Jamie Peacock, whereas it may be the final huge occasion for stalwarts comparable to Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Kyle Amor as they ponder one final yr in 2022.

Catalans (from): Mourgue, Davies, Langi, Whare, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Dudson, McIlorum, Bousquet, Whitley, McMeeken, Garcia, Jullien, Goudemand, Laguerre, J. Tomkins, Chan, Kasiano, S. Tomkins, Dezaria

St Helens (from): Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Thompson, Knowles, Mata’utia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Amor, Paasi, Welsby, Smith, Batchelor, Dodd, Wingfield, Davies

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